The Minnesota Gopher hockey team faced off with the Wisconsin Badgers for the second time in as many days on Saturday evening. The teams, in their previous meeting skated to a 2-2 draw and both teams were determined not to let that outcome happen again. The Gophers emerged from the melee with a 3-1 victory.
Wisconsin jumped out early taking a 1-0 lead short handed off the stick of Ryan Little. The Badgers were playing scrappy hockey committing five penalties for ten minutes, in other words there was a Badger in the penalty box for one half of the first period. The Gophers had one power play (they committed four penalties for eight minutes) and gave up a short-handed goal on it.
The second period saw the Gophers scoring at the 7:14 minute as junior forward Nick Bjugstad rifled the puck past Badger goalie Joel Rumpel. Bjugstad ended the game with a goal and an assist. The Gophers scored twice in the third period. Tom Serratore scored his second goal of the season and Kyle Rau scored his fifth goal of the season on an empty net with about half a minute left in the game.
The weekend series saw the Badgers scoring three goals to the Gophers’ five. The stat that jumps off the page though is how poorly Minnesota capitalized on the penalties committed by the Badgers. The Badgers committed 60 minutes of penalty minutes on 19 penalties in the two game series. Yes you read that correctly, the Badgers committed one game’s worth of penalties. The Gophers scored only once on the power play and they gave up one short-handed goal.
The Gophers will travel to Vermont over the Thanksgiving weekend and will host Nebraska-Omaha the following week. Stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report and Examiner.com for the latest in Minnesota sports. This article originally appeared at Examiner.com, see the original article here.